NEW to Version 9

Noteworthy new features to Version 9

—This page will archive release notes as they become available—

 

New Features: Version 9.0.702

The new software release is focused on automation. The noteworthy changes in Version 9.0.702 are automatic weekly closeout functionality and a self-installing SQL program.

 

Automatic Weekly Closeout

Weekly closeouts are used to restart the WTD totals, archive data, and to perform database maintenance.  Since the weekly closeout tends to be forgotten, it will now run automatically at the end of every 7th day.

Why is this Important?

Forgetting to run a weekly closeout can be detrimental to the MicroSale system. The system prefixes backups as 1-7 for every day of the week. When the weekly closeout doesn’t occur, the 8th day gets stored back in the first day of the week’s data which can cause duplicate check numbers, payment misallocations, and/or other corruptions. When the system is on Access, the data appends to the end of the day’s backup which causes the database to get bigger and bigger causing lockups or system slowdowns.

 

Automatic SQL Setup

A self-installing SQL Express program is now available.

MicroSale has created a quick installer for SQL which bypasses the manual setup process (You no longer need to enable the “Named Pipes” SQL protocol or the “TCP/IP” SQL Protocol. Please make sure you are using a supported version of software or you plan on immediately upgrading MicroSale after running the SQL Installer.

 

 

New Features: Version 9.0.569

Custom Button Styles

Choose 1 of 16 custom button styles for the order screen. If you’re looking to customize the look of the software even more than before, this function is for you! Please follow the document attached in this email for further details.

 

Other Improvements & Additions

 

  • Added paid out tracking for tracking cash in drawer
  • Added access level for multi-discounts on single seat
  • Added functionality to Allow End of Day with Open Phone Orders (use Functions.ini file)
  • Added customer name lookup for naming checks
  • Added Item Transfer (function button on order screen) – transfers single item to different check for same server
  • Added support for split payment tips with EMV
  • Added Delete Function (function button on order screen); deletes modifier on virtual check

 

 

New Features: Version 9.0.485

Improved Discount Screen

The new Discount Screen is cleaner and more intuitive. Previously, the ‘Menu Items to Match’ section had a small window with large font that made it difficult to read long menu item names.  Now the section is larger and easier to navigate.

Other Improvements & Additions

 

  • Added Department cost Report
  • Change in quick bar- View All Checks will see all tabs for all work groups
  • Database change for financial database added second tax field
  • Added support for order destination change with special tax and discounts
  • Added to balance sheet with hold gratuity for payroll and to Recap
  • Improved Speed for Wireless terminals
  • Changed Price Adjust Function
  • Made Change for Windows 8 64 Bit not supporting SSL Certificate for FDMS
  • Updated Controls for Windows 8

 

New Features: Version 9.0.429

Snap Controls for Table Layout

Do you have trouble perfectly aligning tables?

 

The table layout now works similarly to the button layout with “snap to right”, “snap to bottom”, and alignment functions.

First click on a table that will be the anchor (to tell the other tables what to follow). When you are done using a function, click “cancel options” so that you will be able to freely drag tables and add more tables to the layout.

 

The align function will perfectly align all tables with your anchor.  If you have tables in a horizontal row, click “align right”. If you want them to align in a column, click “align bottom”.

 

Short Demo

 

Copying Shift Levels

Perfect for pizzas and using “green buttons”!

 

In previous versions, MicroSale would allow you to copy modifier groups, but it would not carry over shift pricing.

Create your new modifier group and save it. Go to the modifier group that has the proper shift levels and click “copy shift levels”.

 

Changing Shift Level Pricing at Once

Perfect for pizzas and using “green buttons”!

 

If you have a topping that should have a price increase or decrease, you can now make that change throughout the modifier groups at once.  Select a modifier in a list that you need to change, for example, Bacon. For Price Level 1, bacon should now be $1.25 instead of $1.00. MicroSale will find all Bacon modifiers that are listed at $1.00 and change it to the new price.

 

 

 

Placing Modifiers out of Stock

Designed for Kiosk

 

In kiosk, a customer is entering in his/her own menu items. If sides are listed as a modifier, and for example, you are out of coleslaw, a customer would need to know in order to make a different selection.

This function pulls up a list of all modifier names, so if coleslaw is listed in multiple groups, it only needs to be selected once.

 

Green Buttons Supported with Kiosk

Green buttons (aka included ingredients on menu items) are now supported in kiosk mode. Now a customer can see exactly what comes on each item.

 

Switching Printer Routing on the fly

Designed for large, high volume bars

 

This feature allows a server to choose where items print. For example, a bar has multiple tablets where the servers can migrate throughout the building. If the servers are closer to “Bar 1” than “Bar 4”, they can ring in the items and send the items to Bar 1. If they forget to choose a printer, it will simply print where the items are sent to print originally.

 

Copying Buttons to other Screens

Useful for using the same buttons on multiple screens; for example, subcategories, sides, or common items

  1. Select a category on the button layout
  2. Choose the button that you wish to copy
  3. Select the category to paste the button
  4. Repeat as necessary

(Not designed for copying shift level buttons – shift levels assigned by category and proper setup is necessary)

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New Features: Version 9.0.347-350

Auto-filling Address for Delivery

What you’ve been waiting for!

MicroSale will now auto-populate addresses when using the delivery module.  MicroSale is integrated with GoogleMaps to auto-populate addresses near the restaurant’s location.

This feature significantly speeds up the delivery process and prevents errors.

Shipping Instructions for Kiosk

Kiosk now supports self-service delivery.

This feature was designed for kiosk stations that do not sell merchandise onsite.  A customer walks up to the kiosk, places an order, and enters in his or her address for delivery (auto-populates using the above feature).  A receipt emails to the customer (using the feature created in 9.0.317) and includes their address for verification. A second receipt emails to the merchant’s warehouse to process and ship out the order.

 

 

New Features: Version 9.0.317

Restaurants can now email receipts to customers 

An optional setting can be enabled to prompt the user to ask if the customer would like the receipt emailed or printed.  The restaurant can use a survey service and attach a survey link to the receipt. (Please see attached PDF for setup and more information).

Button layout functions are easier to use

The customization Functions toggle and highlight the function in use.  This prevents the function from getting “stuck”.  In previous versions, if the function was not turned off before selecting a new function, the function could potentially get stuck and not perform the correct demand.  Instead of deselecting the function in use, use the “Cancel Option” button.

Category Colors

To change the category color or text color on an existing category, select the drop down and find the desired category.  Use the Button Color and Text color functions.  When you are done selecting your colors, select Add/Edit (under the category name text).

Drivers can stop order time on checks

Many drivers settle all checks at the end of the shift.  When the checks stay open for hours, it skews the serving times.  Now, when a driver returns back to the restaurant, they can stop the timer and keep the check open.

Coming Soon: Delivery and Pizza Improvements

Dealer Information

On the FTP Site in ~Dealer Help~, we are adding new documentation daily.

Now Available: New Windows Setup and MicroSale Configuration Guide

This guide goes through everything you need to know about Windows and how to configure the entire MicroSale system from tax setup to cash drawers.

Reminder: Please return the green USB key to MicroSale when purchasing a Version 9 upgrade.  You have 15 days after the restaurant’s license is activated to return the key.